Pennsylvania Firm Buys 7.6-Liter Engine Specialist
Franklin, Pa.-based CNG One Source has emerged as the buyer of Emission Solutions, Inc., which specializes in converting Navistar International engines, notably the 7.6-liter DT 466, to spark-ignition dedicated-natural gas operation.
ESI entered bankruptcy last year after Navistar said it would offer natural gas trucks with Cummins Westport engines (F&F, October 5).
CNG One Source says that its ESI buy took place on April 4, and that it “will be moving all operations of the former Texas company to Erie, Pennsylvania.” Another top priority is re-affirming U.S. EPA certification of the 7.6-liter ESI engine, says CNG One Source president Karen Teslovich, for both new engines and for older IUL and OUL (intermediate useful life and outside useful life) units.
“The purchase of ESI will allow CNG One Source to further develop the industry for medium and heavy duty natural gas vehicles,” Teslovich said in a release. “Cummins Westport and now CNG One Source will be able to offer multiple engine types for consumers to operate their vehicles on a dedicated natural gas platform.”
‘One Point of Contact’
Teslovich told F&F that CNG One Source will build on ESI’s work, adding some of its own technology to expand to a spark-ignition version of International’s 9.3-liter engine – applying for certification in as little as six months.
Another priority is establishing a national dealer network for service and support beyond the Erie region, Teslovich says.
CNG One Source offers both vehicle conversions and CNG fueling installations: ”We want to be one point of contact for people who want to convert their fleets,” Teslovich says.
That includes consulting work to determine if the switch to CNG is a good idea for a particular fleet, converting vehicles, building a CNG fueling station, maintaining said station, and improving and expanding it in future. CNG One Source will also offer training.
Suppliers include Bauer and Knox Western for compressors, and CNG Cylinders International for fuel tanks and such fueling station components as easy-to-use TK-17 nozzles from WEH.
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Source: CNG One Source with Fleets & Fuels follow-up